Spartacus: Blood and Sand – Vengeance promo – Premieres Jan 22 on Starz
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Battlestar Galactica‘s Lucy Lawless finally bares it all for her role as Lucretia, the rapacious wife of John Hannah’s Batiatus, in Starz’s upcoming Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and she’s not shy about it. At all.
“It’s a way of telling the audience, ‘You ain’t in Kansas anymore,’” Lawless said in a conference call Wednesday. “It certainly jolts you into a new reality where people had completely different relationships to their bodies and other human beings. Slavery, different attitudes to sexuality, prostitution, you name it. They thought of things differently, but essentially human beings haven’t evolved so very much, so you’re still able to relate to them.”
The hourlong drama is a new take on the story of a Roman gladiator who eventually leads a slave rebellion against Rome itself. A kind of mixture of HBO’s Rome and Zack Snyder’s 300, the show is notable in part for introducing us to Lawless in the buff, beginning with the second episode. But there’s a reason for it, she assures us.
“In fact, all of us, the actors and writers, are very serious about what we do,” she said. “We do not want one single thing to be gratuitous. It’s not what we’re about. Even when there’s a sex scene, in fact there is business being transacted. The scene is about something else; otherwise, it would be on the Playboy Channel. It would be somewhere else. This is not soft porn. It’s a bloody good yarn, and you want to be on board.”
In her first nude scene, Lucretia and her husband happily discuss political plans while stripping for bed. Meanwhile, off-screen “fluffers” prepare them to consummate. The fluffing is off-screen, but that’s still something you’ve never seen on TV before, said series creator Steven S. DeKnight….
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